Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said Friday he sought “alternative treatments” instead of the NFL-endorsed COVID-19 vaccinations because he is “allergic” to an ingredient in two of the FDA-approved shots.
Speaking on “The Pat McAfee Show on YouTube and SiriusXM,” Rodgers vowed, “I’m not an anti-vax, flat-earther. I have an allergy to an ingredient that’s in the mRNA vaccines. I found a long-term immunization protocol to protect myself and I’m very proud of the research that went into that.” Rodgers, who has been tested daily as part of NFL protocols for the unvaccinated, did not say what ingredient he was allergic to, or how he knows he is allergic.
Rodgers learned he had contracted COVID-19 from a test he took on Wednesday. The reigning NFL MVP said he “didn’t feel well on Thursday” but was “much better” on Friday. He can’t rejoin the Packers for 10 days and will miss Green Bay’s game against Kansas City on Sunday. He must have a negative test to return to the team on November 13th.
— Tara Dublin (@taradublinrocks) November 6, 2021
Rodgers strongly questioned the NFL’s protocols, along with any organization forcing health requirements on individuals. “I believe strongly in bodily autonomy and the ability to make choices for your body, not to have to acquiesce to some woke culture or crazed group of individuals who say you have to do something,” he said. “Health is not a one-size-fits-all for everybody, and for me, it involved a lot of study in the offseason.”
— Paul Lee Teeks (@PaulLeeTeeks) November 6, 2021
During the interview with McAfee, Rodgers misquoted the CDC website and offered his explanation for why hasn’t taken the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. He said the CDC’s website says “should you have an allergy to any of the ingredients, you should not get one of the mRNA vaccines. So those two (Moderna and Pfizer) were out already.” Instead, the CDC site says, “If you have had a severe allergic reaction or an immediate allergic reaction — even if it was not severe — to any ingredient in an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, you should not get either of the currently available mRNA COVID-19 vaccines.”
Aaron Rodgers went out and played all the classic hits from the debunked anti-vaxxer playbook, including "Dr. Joe Rogan". Which gave me the idea of starting a printable BINGO card for the next celebrity proclamation.
Who wants to play? pic.twitter.com/w4vEMddMGf
— Marquizzo (@marquizzo) November 6, 2021
Rodgers did not say he had an allergic reaction. But he has “consulted” with his friend and podcast host, Joe Rogan, who is not a medical doctor. Twitter was enjoying that aspect of the story well into Saturday evening, as “Dr. Joe Rogan” trended along with Aaron Rodgers.
This sounds wonderful, but Aaron Rodgers is going to have to check with Dr. Joe Rogan, MD, and the "New England Journal of Facebook" to see if this is accurate. https://t.co/KOK0J9OtyA
— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) November 6, 2021
Dr Joe Rogan is the same dude who hosted a tv game show where the contestants were challenged to eat pig testicles. So naturally he's qualified to give medical advice in a pandemic. What is wrong with you people?
— The House Of Mirth (@theproperlurker) November 6, 2021
"Dr. Joe Rogan"
its funny how fast trump supporters become experts at everything
and they consider all the REAL experts stupid
they are all actually sitting on top of MT STUPID together
giving each other the wrong advice on everything under the sun
ALL trumpers are on MT STUPID pic.twitter.com/CvzoYlHj1R
— 🇺🇸 AMERICA'S BEST PATRIOT Alison Boxxer 🌊🇺🇸 (@AlisonBoxxer) November 6, 2021
I trust Dr. Teeth, more than I trust Dr. Joe Rogan. pic.twitter.com/pKwKBo0pWW
— Rockin' Bubbles Rialto Before Christmas 🐈 (@PippiTheCat1) November 6, 2021